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A Handful of Fire by [Alvarez, Alexis]
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Shai is a child therapist so when she starts working for single father Gabriel, to help his son Michael, Michael has been difficult and doesn't seem to want to be in therapy until Shai as she is more understanding and treats him like person instead of a child.

Shai is an award winning child therapist so Gabriel will stop at nothing to get her to work for him and his son, money is no problem for Gabriel so when Shai starts the treatment she finds herself not only working with Michael, but also Gabriel. With Michael responding to her method she is drawn into their lives more and you can see both Gabriel and Shai like each other, but any sort of relationship would be wrong and they should remain professional, but you can't help who you fall for, no matter how you try.

I did enjoy the story and felt for Shai at times, Gabriel could be a bit of a douche and I could have punched him, I understand he's had a hard past, but he could have had more compassion towards her past and after all, she was great at helping his son.
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Gabriel's son Michael is struggling emotionally with his recovery from a form of cancer. At a loss with how to help, Gabriel skeptically hires Shai, a childhood therapist who specialises in helping children with serious and long term illnesses. Shai soon realises she has a challenge ahead of her, not only with Michael, but Gabriel, a widower who has never really dealt with the loss of his wife and now faces the possibility of loosing his son. Shai also has some scars of her own, but can they help each other heal? Feelings quickly develop, but is it worth crossing those professional and ethical boundaries?

Ok, so there is a lot to love about A Handful of Fire and I can understand why it's getting such great reviews. It's an emotionally driven steamy romance told from alternating perspectives with a hint of taboo and a HEA. But here's the thing, it didn't grab me. Sure it was an enjoyable, pretty satisfying read, but I didn't feel as invested as some of the other readers. I did develop a soft spot Michael's character. He was just so sweet and funny and understanding. Yet I found myself wanting that something more. I know that's not a really helpful review, but some reads just don't click.

That wouldn't stop me from recommending this book though, because I have a feeling a lot of people would love it!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
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This was a really great book which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the first book I have read by Alexis Alvarez and this book was a brilliant introduction!

In this story, award winning child therapist, Shai is hired by Gabriel to help with his son Michael, following his recovery and treatment for a form of childhood cancer. Gabriel is very skeptical of Shai's ability to actually help Michael, and right from their first interaction with one another we can tell Shai is going to have some challenges ahead of her.

There was a lot of content in this story, and I felt it was a book you really needed to concentrate whilst reading to really absorb all of the information being presented to the reader. Not a book for skimmers out there, but perhaps take the time to really take note of this story. You wont be disappointed!

I really enjoyed the relationship develop with both Shai and Gabriel - there is a huge amount of chemistry and heat here! But I also loved Shai's relationship with Michael, and of course between Gabriel and Michael themselves too.

It was clever, original and beautifully written. It is a touching tale of love and overcoming things after the cruelty of life occurs. There is definitely something in this story for everyone out there, and as a parent myself there were some parts I found to be particularly poignant.
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A Handful of Fire is Wonderful story with a emotional subject matter. It is about a Shai who specialises in therapy to help children dealing with serious illness. Through treating Michael a super intelligent but an unhappy boy trying to cope with a life threatening illness, and the treatment side effects. Through treating Michael she meets and falls for his father Gabriel.
Gabriel is a widower and he isn’t coping well with his son's illness. Full of anguish he loses himself in work and vain women.
This is a romance that take time to build, and even then not everything perfect. I love this book has substance and it’s not insta love or sex. The sex is hot, but Gabriel can still be a jerk, even if he is a hot jerk. We get HEA it takes work to get there, and is all the better for it. I enjoyed it and read it in one seating, it’s not long but has plenty to get your teeth into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Heartbreaking Stars 13 April 2017
By Jaime Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 Stars

I have always been fascinated by the whole idea of being a therapist; of understanding what was going on in people minds and somehow knowing the best way to help them talk about it and overcome any obstacles that keep them from living their best lives. Having recently lost my father to Cancer, the idea of reading about a therapist who specializes in children who have, or are in remission from it really made me want to jump right into this. Throw in the taboo aspect of that same therapist engaging in a relationship with one of her patient's fathers and I'm completely sold.

I expected this story to break my heart a little bit, I didn't expect it to ignite all these various emotions that I can't even seem to verbalize effectively right now.

This book was so much more than just a romance between Shai and Gabriel. It was the heartbreaking reality of a grieving father trying deal with the emotions and love for his son who he came so close to losing. It's a tale of a brilliant, witty and sometimes angry ten year-old boy, Michael, and how a disease made him grow up so quickly. It's about breaking and healing, of loving and forgiving, and about acceptance, growth and letting go.

I feel like I'm not giving you much as far as character explanation and plot line information but I truly feel like this is a book you need to go into pretty blindly. Alexis Alvarez did a great job of pulling me into the story and making these characters so believable and relatable that I had to stop reading at times I collect myself. When I mentioned to her that I could tell she was going to break my heart, she agreed but promised that she'd put it back together again. I can verify her promise to you. If you can just spare a couple of hours of your heart to Michael, Shai and Gabriel, I promise that it will be worth it in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt tearjerker of a beautiful, hope-inspiring story 11 April 2017
By Jules - Published on Amazon.com
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How to start this review? I honestly have no idea how I will recuperate from this.. I will certainly have quite the book hangover.
Gabriel, Michael and Shai are three characters who have wound their way into my heart and I can't imagine them ever not being there. Three souls, so utterly broken and splintered, and on a journey to mend one another.

Of course there is romance, and yes, there is the forbidden story of psychiatrist and patient's father.. which is lovely and frustrating and spark-igniting and infuriating and loving and sweet and passionate and all the other amazing things a true slow-burn relationship can be. But it feels almost secondary to the immensity of the situation and the demons all three of them have to overcome along the way. Michael, the poor 10 year old, who has lost his mother, battled cancer and thus lost his father to his work, Gabriel, who has lost his wife, has seen his son through cancer and is afraid of more loss tearing him apart and Shai who has her own demons from the past and tries to compensate for them by throwing herself into helping others. Their journey in helping one and ending up helping all is truly unique, filled with love and set backs and you cannot help but feel drawn in.

The way Shai opens up this broken family is simply beautiful. The author wrote their story with dignity, with a realness, not leaving out the ugly parts. The story is tender, and leaves you utterly raw. All I wanted to do is get a hug afterwards, and I suggest not reading this in a crowded place.. a) tears.. b) some seriously steamy scenes.

And I have to say, one of my favorite moments is near the end, in a story where over and over we are shown how important words are, this incident was utterly sweet, and nothing more than I could have hoped for, especially in the scheme of all that had happened before.

I absolutely adore Michael, he is the star of the show, in my opinion, his intuition, his compassion, once exhibited is unmatched, and so absolutely endearing. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him.
If you don't mind crying a little, you absolutely NEED to grab this book. The story won't leave you alone, it is absolutely beautiful, tender, endearing and it made my heart swell like no other.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! 21 April 2017
By Maura - Published on Amazon.com
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A Handful of Fire by Alexis Alvarez - 5 Stars

Disclosure: When I read the word “Taboo” to describe a book, I usually picture something that would make me cringe and look away. That is NOT the case in this book. If the word Taboo was not in the synopsis, it never would have crossed my mind. If this is a word that bothers you, please don’t overlook this book. It’s not what you think it is.

Wow! A Handful of Fire is more than your typical romance. It is an insightful look at the feelings and emotions that surround certain situations that are beyond our control.

Gabriel is a dad. Shia is a therapist. She is his son’s therapist (this is where the taboo comes in). This is a relationship that should remain strictly on the professional level and emotions and feelings should NEVER come into play between the two adults. Michael is the son who at times is far more adult than the father. This is a story of healing the cracks in a heart, the fractures in a relationship and watching the growth of all the parties involved.

This story had me feeling all sorts of feelings. It was very deep & insightful and kind & loving and harsh & real. This story also showed us that words matter. That people can be hurt by our attitude and venom. If we just all turned around the negative to positive, the world would be a better place.

I would absolutely recommend this to a friend to chat about after reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerhouse of a Book 11 April 2017
By Joyce Hiebert - Published on Amazon.com
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Powerful themes, powerful emotions, powerful truths, powerful pain, powerful forgiveness. I went into this book blind, letting all the powerful words wash over me, knock me sideways, pull me down-then push me back up, gasping. Reading this book left me with the kind of powerful emotions I feel when I listen to a classical movement of music, gaze at a great masterpiece of art, or read a beautiful poem.
This is the story of Gabriel, a widowed father to a sick boy; and Shai, an empathetic therapist hired to bring Gabriel and Michael back to each other-to heal the emotional wreckage their life had become.
I could go on and on about how Gabriel is damaged as much as his son, or how much light and fire and truth Shai brings into their lives; or how the forbidden sparks between therapist and patient’s father took my breath away. Instead I’ll just say buy this book, because I don’t have the vocabulary to emphasize how much I loved this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing story! 17 April 2017
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
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This book took me on such an emotional journey. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with Shai, Gabriel, and Michael. All three of them have so much to overcome and it was so wonderful to see their journey to happily ever after. I was hooked from the first page!
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